Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tiger, by Julia

Julia's 11th birthday was Tuesday (can't believe it, but that's another post!) and she had asked for drawing paper. We buy computer paper by the ream, origami paper by the family pack and construction paper in two sizes, which covers most of our art needs. Sometimes the kids like notebooks, blank journals or sketchbooks, and I have gotten larger drawing paper on occasion as well. We were out of good drawing paper, and Julia wanted larger, heavier paper for her dragon pictures.

Rachel said that this was something she could give her sister, so we went to Michael's and Rachel had the good fortune to find nice, heavy drawing books that were buy one get one free, so Julia ended up with two. It ought to hold her for a month, anyway! Of course, I cannot walk through Michael's without buying anything, so while Rachel looked at paper I was poking around in the art supplies. Julia's main gift was MarioKart for the Wii, which came with the steering wheel control, and I'd gotten her more of the warm, long socks she loves with stripes, dots and bright colors. So I figured that while she didn't need much more, another small gift wouldn't hurt. I found a beautiful set of 24 pastels, and a box of sketching pencils, the kind that smudge properly for shading. Julia opened her gifts on her birthday morning, and was delighted--and was even happier when our beloved neighbors stopped by with an art book for her. We do have several books on how to draw, which Julia actually never got into because she felt that it was copying to use someone else's ideas, but perhaps because it was given to her by Linda and Dennis, she started looking through it right away, and when she came to the animal section, she was hooked!

She has spent much of the past two days drawing, and is working on a series of big cats. I will post them all, but she wanted the tiger to be first. Enjoy!

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